My Son ~ My Apprentice

Years ago my lovely wife, Rebecca, presented me with this meaningful piece of art as a means of encouraging me in my longtime dream of someday working with my son in our woodshop. I now enjoy the pleasure of occasionally having my son in the shop and I wouldn’t trade that time for anything.

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As Jameson grows, so do his opportunities to learn woodworking skills. Below, we are working together on some blanks for one of our recent additions to Gathering Wood – oval Serving Trays.

Jameson is learning that running stock over the jointer provides a true and crisp glue joint.

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We use a high-grade wood glue yielding 4,000 psi.

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Jameson is also learning the process that goes into the creation of custom carved Wall Art.

The planer enables us to mill stock to the necessary thickness.

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Learning to make precise measurements is a necessity in the woodshop.

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The fruit of his labor . . . Some of these pieces are destined to become Five Solas Wall Arts.

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We apply a vinyl mask prior to carving. We take this extra step to ensure crisp edges of our carved letters and images. Jameson removes the vinyl mask prior to the hand-painting process.

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Here, Jameson is applying the second of three coats to a custom piece.

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As I said before, I wouldn’t trade this time together for anything.

JIM

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